The government viewed private entities and individuals, Not, as private contractors, because they entered a federal facility to access the NSA database and associated tools.
Interagency memorandum of understanding was created, granting improper access to contractors, and was not reported to the FISC until 2016.
85% of the queries conducted within the NSA database system were not compliant with minimization procedures in a single review from November 2015 to May 2016.
This unauthorized access to the NSA system, by contractors, was also exported. This is a current subject of scrutiny, that all has been sequestered, and is not still available for private abuse.
FBI gave contractors access to raw data that went well beyond what was necesarry to support FBI request (Assistance). This practice was stopped April 18, 2016 via Admiral Rogers, Director of NSA.
FBI gave an unsupervised Private Entity FISA acquired information.